Friday, March 26, 2010

Lion death: Three remanded to 1-day custody

Lion death: Three remanded to 1-day custody
Times of India

Three labourers arrested for killing a lion in Mandanpara village on the outskirts of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary area were remanded to a day-long custody till Thursday, in which the forest department interrogated whether more offenders were involved in the crime. "We are also trying to find out whether any weapon other than the axe was used in the crime. It is believed that the fight between the lion and the labourers lasted for about seven minutes," said a forester. The lion was found dead on Monday and the labourers, who were arrested, claimed to have killed it in self-defence. In another incident, leaders of Bilkha village wrote a letter to Modi, alleging that the forest department had failed to take any action despite being informed about the sighting of a lion in their village.

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